I love body oils but I always passed over Bio-Oil in the pharmacy. It could be the plain packaging or the rather unattractive ads on TV. Or it could also be that I am quite picky about oils I put on my face, and for my body, I go for something that relaxes. I was offered a chance to try this quite a few months ago so I decided to give it a go.
When my sister was pregnant, we were doing some research on how to combat stretch marks and one of the oils that came recommended was Bio-Oil (She eventually went with Clarins, however. Thank goodness too, because that smells a heck of a lot better!) From what I remember of the TV ads, this oil also helps to reduce scarring, uneven skin tone and ageing skin.
There is a whole host of things Bio-Oil is supposed to be able to do for skin on body and face, so I was raring to give it a go.
Unfortunately however, I didn’t like it one bit.
I used to think that Bio-Oil was a local brand. I don’t know why LOL! But I found out from the box that it is actually from the UK. Not that it matters, but I just thought to mention that its something that’s available worldwide, and not just locally despite my initial impressions 🙂
The upside of Bio-Oil is its availability and relatively affordable price. It is easily available in most pharmacies, and the price point isn’t very high, starting from just over RM32 for a 60ml bottle. I often see it go on sale too. The bottle is a simple plastic bottle with a transparent orange oil in the bottle. It doesn’t quite pour out orange though. It looks almost clear on skin.
So I said I don’t like this oil and I could not bring myself to try it long enough to see any results because of two reasons – texture and scent.
The texture is quite runny, yet it feels greasy and thick – if I’m making sense. When I spread it on my skin, it hardly absorbs into my skin at all. Yet, it does not feel oily like a cooking oil. It just feels weird. I described it to a friend as feeling like liquid plastic. It is what I imagine plastic would feel like if it was melted and I poured it over my skin. It was weird.
The second thing I did not like is the scent. It has a funny flowery perfumed scent that really bugs my nose. I can handle most fragrances, but this one made me wrinkle my nose and want to scrub the oil off my hands as quickly as I could. It just wasn’t something that was pleasant to my nose.
One more thing that caught my eye when scanning the box was this thing called “Purcellin Oil”. Apparently, this is the oil that ducks use to preen their feathers with to make them waterproof and the Purcellin Oil is a synthetic version of it. Its quite interesting, because I didn’t quite see why I would want to put something to waterproof my skin, assuming it works the same way. However, a bit of research online yielded results that it is not an oil per se, but a delivery system to help the other oils absorb into the skin. Hmm… doesn’t seem to be working for me.
I know there are people out there who do like using Bio-Oil and for whom it might work to reduce scarring or stretch marks – 2 most common uses I believe. I however, can’t bear to bring it anywhere near my nose because my skin feels like its being suffocated by the texture, and the perfumed scent just really really bugs me.
I do like using oils on my skin but I prefer sticking to something that feels comfortable and that does not feel like plastic. Thus far, the oils I go to help to moisturise my skin, whether on face or body, and I’m a huge fan of aromatherapy and essential oil scents. So Bio-Oil didn’t do it for me at all.
If it did work for you though, I think its great but I will pass on this one. Maybe I’ll soak my feet in it or something.
In a nutshell
Bio-Oil is an affordable mineral based oil that is touted to be very good for many uses ranging from reducing scarring on skin to reducing stretch marks. I did not like it at all for 2 reasons, both sensory – texture and scent. The texture feels heavy on my skin and almost suffocating so I could not bring it anywhere near my face. The perfumed scent too is too strong and powdery for my tastes. I can’t say I like this at all, but there are many who do.
Cons: Strong powdery perfumed scent, Heavy texture when applied on skin, Does not sink into my skin easily or at all
Who will like this: I’m not sure
Here is the ingredient list for your reference.
The first thing to note is that if you dislike mineral oil (it is a known pore clogger), there it is as ingredient #1. I can tolerate mineral oil but naturally, if there is an effective option without then I will opt for the one without. I primarily disliked this one purely thanks to the texture and scent that did not appeal.
If you plan to try this, I would suggest that you pick up the smallest bottle first. If it doesn’t work for you, you won’t feel so bad about it.
Have you used Bio-Oil before? Does it work for you as promised?
I couldn’t get past the product to test it for efficacy so I’m not going to be able to tell you if it does work or it doesn’t. But I will likely just use it on my poor neglected feet. I did pick up a bottle of argan oil recently, because I hear its good stuff, and I have a bottle of rose hip oil which I have used before with good results for reducing scarring. So, I would prefer to stick to those.
Bio-Oil Price: RM32.95/60ml, RM54.95/125ml, RM74.95/200ml Availability: Most pharmacies